Motorbike racing star to visit centre on International Day of Disabled People

Inspirational motorbike racing star Bret Crossley will be one of the guests of honour at celebrations for the International Day of Disabled People next week.

The Osmondthorpe and Mariners Resource Centres, which help people cope with the aftermath of life-changing accidents and injuries, will join people across the world in marking the event on Tuesday (Dec 3).

As part of a full day of activities, former Isle of Man TT competitor Bret will be a guest speaker at Osmondthorpe.

Bret, who lives in Leeds, won more than 130 races and six club championships during his career.

He sustained a serious spinal cord injury in an accident during a race in 2006 which left him wheelchair dependent.

After a lengthy recovery process, Bret has since taken up a string of disability sports, took part in the Leeds 10k and the London Marathon and even got back on a motorbike to race again.

As well as welcoming Bret, the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, based in East Leeds, will host poetry and singing workshops along with stalls offering information on healthy living, care provision and preventing hate crime.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care will also be attending on the day.

He said: “Celebrating the International Day of Disabled People gives us a chance to highlight some of the great work being done at places like the Osmondthorpe and Mariners Resource Centres to support and encourage disabled people and give them the confidence and skills they need to overcome any obstacle.

“It also gives our service users the chance to hear from inspirational people like Bret, who can show them that having an impairment need not stop them accomplishing whatever they want to.

“I’m sure everyone will enjoy the celebrations on the day and I look forward to attending and speaking to all those involved.”

The Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, part of Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care has been open almost 25 years.

The centre supports around 120 adults with a broad spectrum of physical or sensory impairments by hosting a range of rehabilitation projects and workshops.

Earlier this year, the team at the centre won a National Workers' Educational Association (WEA) award to recognise the difference they have made to people in the local community.

Around half of those using the centre have acquired brain injuries, with the other half all getting support to help them cope with a range of physical impairments.


For more information, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk